Reyneke, Reserve Red 750ml 2017

South Africa, Stellenbosch
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Blend: 100% Syrah

Tasting notes:
'After 20 harvests in South Africa, Rudiger Gretschel regards 2017 as the best vintage he's ever experienced. The quality of this world class Syrah would appear to bear him out. Dense, chewy and complex, it's a Cape Cornas, with dark, brooding damson and blackberry fruit, notes of tapenade and rosemary, subtle oak and a finish that lingers on the palate for a minute. Drink 2022-32.' – Tim Atkin MW, SA Special Report 2020, 97/100

'35% whole-bunch fermented. Matured for 20 months in second-fill barrels. Dramatic aromatics of red and black berries, violets, white pepper, cinnamon, fynbos, spice and some earthienss. The palate is intensely flavoured but not unduly weighty – a great core of fruit, fresh acidity and nicely chewy tannins. Absolutely packed with flavour and wonderfully satisfying to drink.' – Christian Eedes,, 97/100

'A triumph for biodynamic & organic viticulture, from single syrah vineyard. 35% bunch-pressed 2017 intense, elegant & fresh, with characteristic white pepper & scrub. More concentration than Biodynamic sibling of this vintage, & even finer than 2016 (4.5 stars, 94 pts). Will develop.' – Platter's Guide, 5* (95/100)

'The 2017 Reserve Red is showing all of the classic expressions of Syrah right now and still has the same mineral and black-fruited core with black pepper as the previous '16 and '15 vintages had. The palate is rigid with a structured dusty core that shows bright blackberries, dark plum and black spices with a tannic backbone. This wine is really good and will age well in the cellar. It is tightly wound, and just needs a little bit of time to come into focus.' – Anthony Mueller, Wine Advocate, 92+/100

Alc: 14% | RS: 2.6 g/L | TA: 5.2 g/L | PH: 3.83

About Reyneke:
Reyneke is one of 5 Stellenbosch properties to get First Growth status in Tim Atkin’s 2017 SA Report. Reyneke farm began in 1863 when it was then named ‘Uitzicht’, meaning ‘view’. It is located overlooking Stellenbosch and False Bay with north, south and east facing slopes. Reyneke is certified organic and biodynamic and follows sustainable practices in everything they do. ‘Their wines demonstrate the care they take, not infallible wines, rather honest and personality-driven wines that are distinctive, as much cerebral as sensory experiences,’ says Neal Martin.
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Alcohol 14%
Technical analysis RS: 2.6 g/L | TA: 5.2 g/L | PH: 3.83
Variety Shiraz / Syrah
Blend information 100% Shiraz / Syrah
Rating TA 97
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